Office of the Chancellor

U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

June 18, 2020

To the Anteater community:

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision that, for the time being, upholds Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

DACA is an executive order from the Obama administration that allows employment eligibility and deferment from deportation to people who were brought into the United States as children and did not have citizenship. The program has enabled some 650,000 immigrants to live and work in the only country they know as home. Many of these individuals, sometimes referred to as “Dreamers,” were also able to enroll in colleges and universities in the United States.

The UCI community includes hundreds of Dreamers who significantly contribute to our campus and to Orange County’s vibrant cultural fabric. It was to protect the hopes and dreams of these members of our community that the University of California brought the lawsuit that resulted in today’s Court decision.

I invite you to review the statement from UC President Janet Napolitano, Regent John Pérez, and all of the UC chancellors on today’s ruling.

We celebrate this decision and stand by all members of our community who are pursuing their dreams. We will never remain silent when unlawful actions threaten our students and community members. We will continue to demand comprehensive immigration reform that would bring stability and certainty to families, workers, businesses, and communities across the nation.

If you have questions for yourself or a loved one affected by DACA, please contact the UCI DREAM Center, which provides financial aid guidance, legal services, academic consultations and other vital resources.

With gratitude for everyone who works to ensure that UCI remains a safe and welcoming place – and a beacon of opportunity – for all.

Fiat Lux.

Chancellor Howard Gillman